Love those eco hostels
26.11.2008 - 08.12.2008 14 °C
From Tupiza we looked forward to another 12 hour bus ride to Tarija, Bolivia. NOT! The buses here really tested my endurance and tolerance for conditions and this would be our last long haul ride in Bolivia. I decided after the next stop to fly or it would have been a 20 hour ride to Santa Cruz in the east.
Tarija is a beautiful small city with many parks and great restaurants. It was not touristy at all and we were able to to find a nice hostel with a cool cozy feel and friendly staff. I gave up on wifi and internet during this stretch.
From Tarija we flew to the big city of Santa Cruz where life apparently is wealthier due to the oil industry here. Although we saw less indigenous people I did not see a city as character filled as LaPaz and Sucre. These are the humid lowlands and when its wet its muddy everywhere. Our hostel was very nice but expensive so we only stayed for a day then hightailed it to the countryside in search of a beautiful cheap eco hostel.
And we found this in picturesque Samaipata, Bolivia and a charming hostel called Andena. As usual in eco hostel we stayed in a lovely spacious earthy room with big beds, balcony, clean bathroom and natural touches everywhere. We spent five days here and worked on homeschool and small hikes. We had to leave a day early and spend an entire grueling 24 in Santa Cruz due to the Sunday Presidential election. The potential for mass protests on the road from Samaipata was great and we choose to play things safely before our flight out of Bolivia. During this trip we had never been inconvenienced or delayed by large protests but others we met reminded us of well known experiences and some their own such as rerouting and delaying a bus ride by 17 hours or blocked out of a town completely for a day or until police arrived. So this was not a flight I was willing to mess with, it would take us back to Quito and then comforts of dear Banos and our new volunteering gig and Arte del Mundo.